BETRAYAL: Vast Majority of Senate Republicans Refuse to Stand Against Impeaching Trump
There may be a betrayal in the works among the GOP establishment in Washington D.C., as very few Senate Republicans are willing to go on the record in opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump.
Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Thom Tillis (NC), Roger Wicker (MS), Mike Rounds (SD), Rob Portman (OH) and Jerry Moran (KS) were the only legislators who responded with a firm stance against impeaching Trump after they were contacted by reporters from the Daily Caller News Foundation earlier this week.
Others who responded to the Daily Caller’s request refused to rule out impeachment, carefully crafting statements to give themselves some wiggle room to throw the President under the bus if it becomes politically expedient to do so.
“The whole point of the Senate’s role is to serve as a jury while evidence is presented. I won’t prejudice that responsibility by answering a hypothetical question,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (ND) said in a statement to the Daily Caller. “The House should not present articles of impeachment without evidence to support such an awesome responsibility. So far they appear on a three-year fishing expedition.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), a notorious RINO, took a similarly weak stance while claiming that he believes it is “inappropriate for the president to be talking with foreign governments about investigating his political opponents.”
“An election, which is just around the corner, is the right way to decide who should be president. Impeachment has never removed a president. It will only divide the country further. If the House impeaches the president, the Senate would be the jury. There would be many twists and turns between now and a Senate trial. Therefore, as a potential juror, I will have nothing more to say about impeachment until all the evidence is presented and all the arguments are made,” Alexander told the Daily Caller.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) was also squishy in his response, only saying that he refused to back impeachment “at this time.” Many other Senators either refused to respond to the requests from the Daily Caller, or pointed to previous statements they had made regarding impeachment that were inconclusive.
Very few lawmakers are willing to go on the record with a strong showing of support for the President, as they apparently care more about their standing within the swamp than doing the right thing heading into 2020. This suggests that the fix may be in, and the power elite may not allow the next presidential election to take place because Trump will likely win.
Yesterday, Trump loyalists in Congress – including prominent members of the House Freedom Caucus – staged a demonstration to draw attention to the secretive nature of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry:
WATCH: here's the video of when 2 dozen GOP members, led by @mattgaetz entered the secure hearing room (SCIF) to interrupt witness testimony in the #ImpeachmentInquiry as they demand access, despite not being committee members. They're complaining it's a "Soviet-style process". pic.twitter.com/8KddYz3r9D
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) October 23, 2019
We want more transparency on behalf of the millions of people we represent. Democrats have engaged in secret interviews, selective leaks, performances of transcripts that never happened, and lies about whistleblowers. pic.twitter.com/0kvVHaKJsB
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 24, 2019
If Republicans in the Senate have the audacity to join the political establishment and betray Trump by voting for impeachment, there will be plenty of resistance against their efforts.